3. Justin Turner
Nobody expected a ton from Justin Turner when he joined the Red Sox on a one-year deal last offseason. Though he's accomplished a lot throughout his career, he was 38 before the campaign even began and it's common knowledge that players typically aren't that productive at that age.
Fast forward to the end of the year and Turner exceeded all expectations. The former World Series Champion was one of Boston's best players, tallying 23 HRs with a career-high 96 RBIs with a .800 on-base plus slugging percentage across 146 contests.
To the shock of few, Turner declined his $13.4 million player option to cash in on a big free agency payday, leaving the Red Sox needing a replacement for a slugger who was their designated hitter 98 times in 2023.
Fortunately, there are a handful of reliable DHs on the open market. Jorge Solar is coming off a 36-home run season. The switch-hitting Carlos Santana is averaging 25 HRs in the last seven full-length campaigns. The Red Sox could even reunite with J.D. Martinez, who just racked up 33 HRs with 103 RBIs with the LA Dodgers.
Losing Turner definitely stings a little bit, but the pain will subside as long as the Red Sox replace him with another strong DH candidate.
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